Lena Dunham, 29, has been hospitalized for a ruptured ovarian cyst on March 5, 2016. She has been admitted to an undisclosed hospital and will undergo surgery. Dunham, who is the creator of HBO’s Girls, was diagnosed with endometriosis and announced her diagnosis on her Instagram and Facebook accounts on Feb. 8, 2016.
Despite the complicity of her illness, Dunham has chosen to be public and open about this disease. The Facebook post stated to her fans that she would not partake in any press-related events to promote the newest season of Girls that aired on Feb. 21. She wrote in the post that she “needed time to rest” and to take personal time away from her career.
Girls was first aired on HBO on April 15, 2012. Dunham was nominated four times on the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012-14 for both acting in and directing Girls. In 2013, she was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Girls is currently in its sixth season. Dunham announced in September 2015 that this could be the last season of the series. It was confirmed on Jan. 6, 2016, that the series will not continue and film a seventh season.
As a young child, Dunham was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD. The 29-year-old actress graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio in 2008, and graduated with a creative writing degree. Dunham now lives in New York City, N.Y. She began dating the lead guitarist of Fun, Jack Antonoff, in 2012. Dunham previously stated that she would only get married under one condition. This condition was if same-sex marriage was legalized. She is the daughter of Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons and has been a strong supporter of their same-sex relationship. Antonoff and Dunham are still currently together and has plans to get married in the future since same-sex marriage was legalized in the state of New York in 2011.
What is Endometriosis?
Dunham was hospitalized for a ruptured ovarian cyst from a previous diagnosis of Endometriosis. This is a disease found in a woman’s reproductive system. It is a chronic disease and can last either for a few years or could be lifelong. This painful disorder occurs when abnormal tissue called endometrium develops along the lining of a woman’s uterus. Endometrial tissues are commonly found along the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and the pelvic cavity lining. Sometimes, endometrial tissues can form on the cervix, vulva, vagina, and bladder. These abnormal tissues are rarely found in the lungs or on a woman’s arm or leg, but can still be found on those sites as well.
According to the Endometriosis Association, the disease has affected at least 6.3 million women in the United States. In Canada, the disease has affected one million women and millions of other women worldwide. Each year, more than 200,000 cases are found in the United States and are most common in girls and women ages 14 and 60. Endometriosis has side effects that if left untreated are life-threatening.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
- Painful bowel movements and/or urination during menstrual cycle
- Pain before or during menstrual cycle
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Other gastrointestinal discomforts such as nausea, constipation, and diarrhea
The complications of endometriosis include fluid-filled cysts that develop onto the ovary. Sometimes, a woman can suffer from infertility, allergies, chemical sensitivities and frequent yeast infections. Dunham was hospitalized for ruptured ovarian cyst, which is another severe effect of endometriosis.
By Tricia Manalansan
Edited by Cathy Milne
ABC News: ‘Girl’ Creator Lena Dunham Hospitalized After Ruptured Ovarian Cyst
The Endometriosis Association: What is Endometriosis?
E! Online: Lena Dunham Hospitalized for Ruptured Ovarian Cyst and Will Undergo Surgery
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